Shortlist of 2015 Australia’s Best Cars finalists released
The Australian Automobile Association (AAA) today announced the 45 finalists in the 2015 Australia's Best Cars awards, with the winners in each category to be announced in Sydney on 25 February.
Australia's Best Cars is the largest independent new car assessment and awards program in Australia. It puts more than 180 vehicles through their paces each year against criteria such as Value for Money, Design and Function, and On the Road Performance.
AAA Chief Executive Michael Bradley said: "Australia's Best Cars provides practical information to Australians as they go through the process of buying a new car.
"A car is one of the biggest purchases most Australians make, and among the most important in terms of both cost to and the safety of themselves and their families.
"Our aim is to help more Australians choose the right car by giving them the information they need to make informed choices when buying a new vehicle," Mr Bradley said.
The 2015 Australia's Best Cars winners will be announced at 10am on 25 February at Sydney's Simmer on the Bay. The event will be hosted by the NRMA.
Now in its 17th year the program continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of the market. This was evident in the disruption to the 2015 program caused by issues regarding emissions compliance and the use of so-called ‘defeat devices’ in several million Volkswagen Group vehicles worldwide.
The AAA Board formed the view that the program could not accurately or fairly assess Volkswagen Group vehicles against each criterion and as a result, Volkswagen, Audi, and Skoda vehicles were unable to be considered in this year’s program.
Chief Judge of Australia’s Best Cars Mark Borlace said: "The program has also adapted to emerging trends in the AWD SUV categories, where buyer preference has shifted to the more expensive premium versions of these models as consumers perceive they represent better value for money than base models.
"This has resulted in a need to increase our price brackets for two categories up by $5,000 to ensure like cars are compared in each category," Mr Borlace said.
2015 Australia's Best Cars Finalists
In alphabetical order